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Saturday marks 40 years since Miracle on Ice

Rich Donnelly
Created: February 19, 2020 07:24 PM

(WHEC) — It was the greatest upset in the history of sports. A group of college hockey players shocked the world and defeated the Soviet Union in the tiny winter town of Lake Placid.

Saturday is the 40th anniversary of the Miracle on Ice, and one local fan took his passion to the printer.

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The win by the United States was instantly ingrained in the memories of sports fans everywhere when Al Michaels shouted, "Do you believe in miracles? Yes!" 

That includes a super fan here in Rochester.  

Andrew Conway's home and office is effectively a sports memorabilia museum, complete with signed golf balls, hockey sticks and quite possibly the signature piece for the biggest hockey fan.

"Rather than making this a commercial venture I wanted to make this special," Conway said.  

“Gold” is a hand-crafted fine-press book that details the Miracle on Ice. But this is more than just a stroll down memory lane.

"I wanted to make this something special for the players, there were only going to be 74 copies for sale," Conway said.

100 total copies were printed, 26 were sent to the players, coaches and contributors of the book.  

The project was a commemoration of the 30th anniversary 10 years ago and the significance of the history is chronicled in the forward, written by Al Michaels, the man who called the game back in 1980.

The afterward of the book was written by President Jimmy Carter, but it doesn't end there.

Every copy is signed by every member of the US gold medal-winning team.

"People still look up to them, they're very special and I love the fact that they're underdogs," Conway said.

A project like the book "Gold" will never be done again.

Back in 2014 Bob Suter, a defenseman on the Miracle on Ice team, suffered a heart attack and died, so having all 20 members of the team sign a piece of memorabilia is impossible.

And the asking price for something so rare, even the biggest fans should expect to pay more than $3,000.


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